Exploring Color: Color Theory and Application
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Exploring Color: Color Theory and Application

Learn color theory and how to apply it to your creative work.
3.5 (2 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
20 students enrolled
Created by Michelle Tabares
Last updated 8/2017
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 10 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand a color wheel
  • Understand basic color harmonies/relationships
  • Create a simple color palette
  • Color work using a palette
  • Think deeply and critically about how color can influence an audience
  • Make more deliberate and thoughtful color choices
  • Understand the societal and emotional need of color
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  • No prerequisites, but keeping a pencil and paper for notes is recommended. Keeping some art tools on hand in a variety of different colors is also recommended.

This is a beginner's course specifically designed for those of you who may be struggling with how color theory works and how to implement it into your craft. We'll cover all the basic terms, rules and principles you'll need to know, an easy method of making a harmonious color palette, along with some basics on color psychology and two different demonstrations where I show you my color selecting process - because half the battle is getting in the right head space to make the smartest color choices. 

This course also offers a main project where you can demonstrate everything you've learned and even three optional assignments for you to apply your newfound color theory skills even further.

If you're ready to expand your mind and color skill set, this is the class for you!

Who is the target audience?
  • Beginner level students with little to no prior knowlege on color theory who are interested in learning how to use color to improve their art.
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Curriculum For This Course
1 Lecture 02:47

Welcome to the lesson, it's great having you here! In this class, we're going to explore color theory and how to use it in your art to make effective color choices. This is a beginner's level class and it doesn't matter what your medium of choice is - if you work with color, this class is designed for you.

Preview 02:47
Basic Terms
1 Lecture 05:36

This lecture introduces some basic yet vital terms that we will be using throughout this lesson. We will go over other new terms in future videos, but these are the first few to get us started. 

The supplemental material for this section not only covers the terms learned in this lesson, but also all of the additional terms that we'll cover within the next few lessons.

Preview 05:36

Basic Terms Quiz
3 questions
The Color Wheel
1 Lecture 05:17

This section covers the color wheel, which is an essential component to color theory and will help you visualize how colors are related to one another - especially in the next lesson.

There are two downloadable files for this lecture, the first is a completed color wheel you can refer back to and the second file is a blank color wheel which you can print out and practice filling out if you so choose.

Preview 05:17
Color Harmonies
1 Lecture 04:00

This lecture covers the color harmonies/relationships that each color has with one another. I'll explain some of the various schemes that you can use in your own work and how to find them on a color wheel.

This lesson also includes additional an key term file along with diagrams of each of the harmonies discussed, along with a couple others that were not mentioned in the video.

Color Harmonies

Color Harmonies Quiz
5 questions
Color Theory in our World
1 Lecture 08:29

This lesson will cover the significance of color theory in our everyday world and why it's important to observe the color relationships that exist around us. Being more receptive to the color around us makes our artistic color choices more intuitive and more informed.

Color Theory in our World
Psychology of Color
1 Lecture 07:10

Since this course is mainly about color theory and how to use it, we're only going to talk about color psychology briefly in this section. That said, I highly recommend that you do your own research to learn more about this fascinating topic, since learning more about the science and influence of color will help you make smarter and more informed choices in your work.

The supplemental material goes over the information we went over within this lesson.

Preview 07:10
Making a Simple Color Palette
1 Lecture 08:49

In this lecture, I'm going to show you a foolproof method of creating a simple color palette that will look harmonious no matter what base color you choose. You can make modifications to this method based on your needs as well.

This lecture includes a pdf file of the completed color palette from this video.

Making a Simple Color Palette
Using a Color Palette
1 Lecture 05:46

In this lecture, we're going to implement the color palette that we created from the previous lesson into some lineart. The purpose of this demonstration is for you to see just one example of how you can take colors from a color palette and use it in your work.

I am also including an additional file which will show you four more variations of this piece, using the exact same color palette. 

Using a Color Palette
Choosing Colors Intuitively
1 Lecture 07:20

This lecture is a demonstration on how to choose colors intuitively, without the aide of a palette. This video is meant to show you some of the thought processes and questions you might ask yourself while selecting colors for your own projects.

The supplemental file for this lecture includes the original lineart, which you print out as many times as you'd like to practice coloring.

Choosing Colors Intuitively
1 Lecture 01:33

In this lecture, I will give you your main assignment for this class so you can apply what you've learned throughout this course. 

Instructions: Before beginning, decide on three different words you want to model your three compositions off of. Make sure each word is different from the other two words in terms of tone, theme and/or mood. Take some time to reflect on what colors represent each word that you've chosen. Once you have a sense of what colors accurately reflect each word, you will make three versions of the same composition with different colors to represent each unique word.

You can use whatever medium you prefer, whether it's digital art tools, pen and ink, paints, etc.

The supplemental files include a PDF that will give you some tips and suggestions, along with another file that will give you the instructions for your assignment, an example of a completed project and a couple of optional assignments if you're interested in further applying what you've learned.

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About the Instructor
Michelle Tabares
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Illustrator and Cartoonist

Hi, my name is Michelle and I'm an illustrator and cartoonist based in sunny Florida. I hold a BA in Graphic Design and in recent years I've been using my design training and work experience and been applying those skills to visual storytelling and fostering creativity. 

I love working with other creatives and look forward to growing together.